Charge of the Light Brigade Essay

638 WordsApr 10, 20133 Pages
Charge of the Light Brigade Source 1 and 2 offer a flattering image of the light brigade whereas source 3 gives a negative review of the charge. Source 3 gives a view of destruction as a result of the charge a view that presents a “ghastly sight” to those who fought in the charge. This source suggests that the Charge of the Light Brigade was not a successful engagement and it shows a somewhat gruesome event that the army struggled to free themselves from the “bloodthirsty assaults” from the Russians. This account is important as Sergeant Major Timothy Gowing served in the British Army during the Crimean War and he is recalling the events of the charge. Therefore giving the source a great deal of reliability; also the fact we know who wrote the source enhances its reliability. However as the source wasn’t published until 1895 clear memory could have been slightly blurred thus effecting the reliability. The source was professionally published this meaning it would have had to have specific checks to ensure the account was accurate. Also the detail in the source suggests an element of truth. This is exemplified by “hacking at the wounded”, “drag their mangled bodies” and “awful cross-fire”. This is different to source 1 and 2 as they both give a positive view toward the charge of the light brigade. They both show the attack in a positive light; making the soldiers seems brave and courageous. Source 1, a cartoon showing Lord Cardigan riding on a high horse, focuses on the bravery of the soldiers during the charge. This challenges the impression given of the Charge of the Light Brigade given in source 3 as it juxtaposes the scene given to the readers. The image of source 1 shows a positive view of the charge. It shows an army of soldiers on horses behind the leader Lord Cardigan who is positioned in a stance of high status and courage. However, as source 1 is a cartoon
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